The Revivalists Announce ‘Strangers In The Bright Lights’ Fall Tour

first_imgThe Revivalists are seriously no strangers to the road. The Men Amongst Mountains are tearing through the U.S. all summer long, making plenty of festival stops including Pleasantville, XPoNential, Vertex, and North Coast Music Festival. The New Orleans-based septet have added sixteen more dates for a full Fall tour, dubbed ‘Strangers in the Bright Lights,’ which will extend from September through November. The Revivalists will make their way through Buffalo, Detroit, and Indianapolis before reaching the homebase of frontman David Shaw for his second annual Big River Get Down, which will also feature solo performances from Shaw, Maggie Koerner, The Marcus King Band, The Wild Feathers, and others. You can read more about the lineup and why Shaw chose to curate this festival over here.David Shaw Unveils Initial Lineup For His Big River Getdown FestivalThe band will also be swooping through the major cities, hitting some of their favorite venues including 9:30 Club in D.C., The Georgia Theatre in Athens, The Music Farm in Charleston, as well as a few exciting appearances on Jam Cruise, Suwannee Hulaween, and the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Canada. Closing out their fall tour at the Playstation Theater in NYC, RevHeads will have plenty to look forward to from these guys.The ‘Strangers in the Bright Lights’ tour have limited pre-sale tickets available now, with the option to add a vinyl package or meet and greet option. General on-sale begins this Friday at 10AM EST. For a full list of dates, venues, and ticket links, head over to the band’s calendar. Check out the full schedule below:last_img read more

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PNC to buy U.S. operations of Spanish bank BBVA

first_imgIn a statement, BBVA Group Executive Chairman Carlos Torres Vila said the deal was a “very positive transaction for all sides” and enhanced the Spanish group’s “already strong financial position.”“We will have ample flexibility to profitably deploy capital in our markets strengthening our long-term growth profile and supporting economies in the recovery phase, and to increase distributions to shareholders,” Torres Vila added.Having been approved by both companies’ boards, the deal is expected to close in mid-2021, with PNC as the surviving entity absorbing BBVA USA Bancshares and BBVA USA merging with PNC Bank.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Spanish financial group BBVA has agreed to sell its U.S. business, BBVA USA Bancshares, to PNC Financial Services Group for $11.6 billion, the American firm announced Monday.Headquartered in Houston, Texas, BBVA USA Bancshares has $104 billion in assets under management, with banking subsidiary BBVA USA operating 637 branches in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico. The new company will have a coast-to-coast presence in 29 of the 30 largest markets in the U.S., PNC said Monday.The all-cash deal is the second-largest U.S. banking acquisition since the 2008 financial crisis, according to Reuters, and values the American business at 19.7 times its 2019 earnings and 1.34 times its book value as of September 2020. The price represents almost 50% of BBVA’s current market capitalization.- Advertisement –center_img “Our acquisition of BBVA USA will accelerate our growth trajectory and drive long-term shareholder value through a strategic deployment of the proceeds from the sale of our BlackRock investment,” said PNC Chairman, President and CEO William S. Demchak. An ATM is shown at company headquarters for the PNC Financial Services at One PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Sarah Kaufman ‘surprised and not surprised’ with matchups for PFL 4

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhen the pairings were announced for this week’s fourth show of the season and second run of bouts for the women’s lightweight competitors, Kaufman was matched up with Samad, which led her to believe the two-time Olympian and promotional poster girl Harrison would be paired off with Dalziel, but that wasn’t the case.“I was surprised and I was not surprised,” said Kaufman, recalling her reaction upon learning that Harrison was paired with Frier for Thursday’s fight card at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.In addition to having been told the winners and losers would be paired off, the idea also made mathematical sense to Kaufman, as the field of eight would then feature two fighters with 2-0 records who were assured of advancing to the playoffs, two fighters with 0-2 records who were automatically eliminated from advancing, and four athletes who have gone 1-1, which puts a greater importance on the points those fighters accrued in their regular season appearances.“When (the fight card) came out, it was like, ‘Wait a second — she’s not fighting a winner,’” said Kaufman. “In fact, she’s fighting the girl who is technically on the bottom.”Despite what seems like favorable matchmaking to ensure Harrison advances to the playoffs, the Canadian veteran is actually quite understanding of the decision to pair her toughest rival in the field with the competitor she beat handily two months back.“Morgan is technically in eighth, but you know, it also makes so much sense because it’s the story,” said Kaufman, who has been viewed as the ideal opponent to face Harrison in the finals since her inclusion in the field was announced. “We both fought the same person, so who is going to beat them faster? Kayla knowing there is that time marker, if she could get that win ahead of me and I were to get a decision, she could be in first place.“There is this whole storyline and this whole dynamic that can be created out of us fighting the same opponent, so I was surprised because I was under the impression we were both fighting winners, but then I was not surprised that if they weren’t going to give her a winner, that’s who they would give her because it makes for a great storyline and some fun talking points.”Part of the reason she’s so understanding and unfazed by the pairings is that having taken care of business in May, Kaufman knows she controls her own fate.As the only fighter to earn a finish in their opening bout of the season, Kaufman has a three-point edge on the other three victors heading into Thursday’s action and only needs to score a victory over Samad to assure herself a place in the semifinals later this year, not that she’s looking to play it safe and coast through to the final four.“I’m definitely very happy with the results and that I (have six points), the other three have three and then there are four with zero,” she began. “Those stats are great and speak for themselves, but moving forward, this is just another fight and I can’t really think about what’s already happened other than I’m definitely pleased with the first-round results and a second first-round finish would be glorious and something that I would definitely welcome.“I absolutely would love to go in as the top seed and I have those capabilities and I’m in a position to do that,” continued Kaufman, who entered the season on a three-fight winning streak consisting of victories over Jessica-Rose Clark, Pannie Kianzad, and Katharina Lehner. “Being at six points, I’m in quite a good spot where I’m not guaranteed, but as close to being guaranteed as you could be given that there are eight of us and how the spread is, but you can’t rely on that.“Ideally, you want your optimal matchup given that there are only four, but I don’t know who that is,” she added. “In a perfect world, the PFL would love for Kayla and I to be in the finals, meeting there, but it could happen in the semifinals and there is a very small chance that one of us doesn’t make it in, though I feel we’re both in a good spot.“They gave her Morgan which is going to make sure she gets into the (Top 4) and I’m in a good spot where I can make sure I get in the (Top 4), so it will be interesting to see where everyone sits.”Although she is a veteran of the fight game and has spent the majority of her career fighting at the highest level, the ZUMA representative admitted that her first fight week competing in the lightweight division brought some unexpected questions and awkward moments as she readied to make weight.Fighters are creatures of habit and when you’re 25-fights deep into your career, you’re used to following the same pre-fight routine. For Kaufman, that has always meant cutting weight and paying close attention to her diet.“I didn’t know how I would feel given that cutting weight is kind of a right of passage — it’s a regular part of fight week, part of the routine,” she said. “I didn’t know if (not having to cut weight) would affect my mental focus when I came to the fight.”(I questioned whether) if because I’ve been able to enjoy other things, is it going to take away from the training or the experience within the fight,” admitted Kaufman, who actually came in slightly heavier than Frier back in May. “Fortunately, it didn’t make a difference at all.“I was able to be really comfortable throughout fight week, make weight without a hassle and not over-eat because sometimes after you cut weight, you’re really trying to consciously be like, ‘I have to eat a lot; I have to replenish those calories.’ Because I wasn’t depleted, I didn’t have to go through that effort purposefully of ‘It’s been a couple hours, I have to go get food.’ I could just do as I normally would on a regular day. That was awesome and I was able to still feel like I was ready for the fight.”With the fight week questions behind her and comfortably in first place, in full control of her own destiny, Kaufman is eager to get back in the cage on Thursday, collect another victory and punch her ticket to the playoffs. “I was under the impression that the winners were fighting the winners and the losers were fighting the other losers,” said Sarah Kaufman when asked about the matchups for the second round of regular season fights in the Professional Fighters League’s women’s lightweight competition.In her opening bout of the PFL’s second season, the Victoria, British Columbia native and former Strikeforce bantamweight champion made quick work of Morgan Frier, earning a first-round submission win, good for six points and first place in the standings as each of the other three women to earn victories on the May 9 fight card on Long Island — Kayla Harrison, Roberta Samad, and Bobbi-Jo Dalziel — did so by decision. “Roberta is one of the more well-rounded fighters in the 155-pound division right now — she’s a jiu jitsu black belt, but she has sufficient striking that she’s going to use her striking,” she said of Samad, who earned 30-27 scores across the board in her bout against Moriel Charneski back in May. “She was on one of the stats from the PFL as having highest volume thrown, as well as the highest differential between her and her opponent, so that’s exciting for me as well because it’s not just someone who is going to try to glue themselves to you within the fight. It makes for a little more dynamic fight, which makes it really fun.“I thought she looked good,” she added. “As always, there are things that you see that you can find openings for and I’m very confident that I win this fight, but she’s not somebody you’re going to walk through in five seconds.“She’s definitely a game opponent and the only thing that stops me from getting into the Top 4 and the semifinals is Roberta, so my goal is to make sure there is no chance that happens and I’m moving forward.”last_img read more

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Atlanta Hawks owner to sell team after saying he hates Black fan base

first_imgAtlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson admits he hates the fan base that populates Phillips Arena. It’s just too black.Can you believe that the Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson may have gotten caught sending an email filled with language even more racist than what Donald Sterling got kicked out of the NBA for?Levenson just announced he’s selling the team after admitting he sent an email so racist that it would make Donald Sterling smile.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who finally exhaled after exiling former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his secretly-taped and rabidly racist phone message to his flunky jump off chick, had to be choking on his breakfast cereal when he got the memo that Levenson did pretty much the same thing.When confronted by Silver, Levenson admitted he sent the email to team executives back in 2012, mandating them to figure ways to attract more suburban white fans at games. Levenson then tallied what he believes are all the problems with the Atlanta Hawks fan base, listing the following:The fan base is 70 pct black;The cheerleaders are black;The music is almost exclusively hip hop;The bars inside the arena are 90 percent black;He claims there are few fathers and sons at the games;He says the postgame concerts are always either hip hop or gospelLevenson wasn’t finished. He also had this to say:“My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base.” He also complained that he’s told team execs, “I want some white cheerleaders … I have even bitched that the kiss cam is too black.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that Levenson admitted to sending the email, just two months after Donald Sterling was escorted out of ownership of the Clippers.Levenson said he is immediately putting the team up for sale.Levenson has since apologized to fans in a written statement, saying:“If you’re angry about what I wrote, you should be. I’m angry at myself too.”last_img read more

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